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A Division

Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 39 November 2007

'Working in Partnership for a Safer City'

City Wide

Partnership Working

‘A’ Division continues to lead the way for partnership working across the country. Relationships with our partners have never been stronger. Through our funded officers, such as the Safer Community Units and Youth Action Teams, we have made a real difference in a number of areas across the city. We are now in a position to build on this success through the introduction of the Capital Partnership Model.

This model is the first of its kind in Scotland. In simple terms we now work more closely with our partners, in a focussed manner, on a daily basis to identify problems that affect our communities. By working together we can share information and ideas and make the best use of the wide range of resources available to us. The model was piloted with great success in the south of the City and I am confident that it will help us to make a real difference in improving the quality of life across ‘A’ Division.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

Be Sure at Your Door

You may have read in the newspapers and heard the media reports about the few recent instances in Edinburgh where bogus callers have pretended to be police officers carrying out security surveys on houses. We do not routinely cold call on houses offering a security survey and advice. These are arranged by appointment when a householder phones the police asking for security advice.

Bogus callers come in many guises; meter readers, workmen offering to do building or gardening work, charity collectors or even people asking for help. Whatever their guise if you follow some simple steps you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim:
  • If you do not know or expect a caller, do not let them into your home.
  • Check the identity of anyone who calls at your door unexpectedly before you open the door. Use the phonebook to check with the company. A genuine caller won’t mind waiting.
  • Use your door chain, spy hole or window to see whose at your door without having to open it.
  • Fit and use a light outside your front door so you can see any callers.
  • Arrange building, gardening work etc through firms with the proper trade accreditation or who are recommended by relatives/friends.
  • If you see anyone suspicious in the area contact the police.


Local News

Beat SM46

This is the November edition of your monthly newsletter.

There were 85 reported crimes in respect of your ward for the month of October 2007 (representing a slight increase from the previous month’s 82 crimes).

There were 8 (actual and attempted) housebreakings in the area in October. This represents a significant decrease from the previous month when 21 were reported. Four of these 8 housebreakings have already been solved and enquiries are continuing into the others. The majority of the properties broken into were flats located off common stairs, at the following locations:

Glengyle Terrace, Home Street, Marchmont Street (2), Panmure Place, Roseneath Terrace, Spottiswoode Street, St Margarets Road.

There were 2 thefts of motor vehicles during October (a decrease from the 7 reported in September). They occurred at Warrender Park Terrace and the Quartermile building site, and enquiries are ongoing into these.

One vehicle was broken into during October, in Warrender Park Terrace. This represents an increase from September, in which no vehicles were reported as having been broken into.

There were 9 assaults reported in the area during October (matching September’s total). Mostly these were minor assaults, however they include one more serious incident on the 28th of October in which a female was grabbed by a male on Bruntsfield Links, and who had tried to pull her off the path. He was disturbed by passers-by and made off on foot. Police issued a press appeal for witnesses, and enquiries into this are being undertaken by the CID.

There were 17 pedal cycles stolen during October, of which 4 cases have been solved. These thefts represent a significant increase from September’s stolen total of 5. The pedal cycles were stolen from:

Greenhill Place, Leven Street, Marchmont Crescent (2), Marchmont Road (2), Marchmont Street, Spottiswoode Street, Thirlestane Road, Warrender Park Crescent (4), Warrender Park Road (4).

In response to this, my colleagues and I began an extensive education campaign in October to encourage people to provide better security for their bicycles. We distributed leaflets to numerous bicycle owners around Edinburgh University, and other residents living in the tenements at Marchmont and Newington. The leaflets included local discounts for the purchase of bicycle locks and cycling safety gear.

So hopefully we should see the figures for pedal cycle theft coming down a bit over forthcoming period.

Recently the number of offences relating to controlled drugs has been relatively low in this beat area. During October one person was found in possession of a controlled drug, at Lauriston Place.

Vehicle stops by our officers resulted in 3 drivers on Melville Drive and Lauriston Place being reported to the Procurator Fiscal, for offences including drink-driving and driving without licences, insurance and MOT.

Three motor vehicles were vandalised in October (compare with 10 vandalised during September).

There were 5 reported incidents of graffiti in our area in October (compare with 8 incidents in September). During October we managed to identify two graffiti ‘taggers’. My colleagues are currently putting together a package of evidence of their ‘artwork’ to charge them with every tag, which they are known to have sprayed or written.

There were 5 other miscellaneous vandalisms reported during October.

Police received 15 reports from the public about youth disorder in the area during October (compared to 12 during the previous month). The locations of the disorder were primarily Bruntsfield Links and the Warrender Park area of Marchmont.

Last year at Halloween there were reports from the public of youths throwing eggs at people and at other property. This year we went round shops in Bruntsfield, Marchmont, Morningside Newington and Tollcross asking shops to avoid selling eggs to youths around Halloween, and asking them to put up a Police poster designed to discourage the youths from throwing eggs and warning them of the consequences!

Over the next few weeks we will tackling youth disorder pro-actively through additional, dedicated patrols under Operation Aura. During this we will be focusing our attention on the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, and we will even be providing mounted Police officersto patrol the Meadows on Friday and Saturday evenings leading up to Christmas, in addition to officers on foot patrol.

During October there were 219 incidents logged by the police in respect of your ward (compare with 210 in September and 243 in August). Of these 219, only 16 were ‘Grade 1’ (i.e. emergencies) and 52 were ‘Grade 2’ (i.e. not emergencies but requiring police response within one hour). The Community Beat Officer or patrol officers duly dealt with the remainder.

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  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer for Marchmont
PC 5801A Lindsey Thomson

Inspector Tom Galbraith

Force Communications Centre
(For reporting non-emergency crimes or other disorder)
Tel: 0131 311 3131

St Leonards Police Station
Tel: 0131 662 5000

Community Safety Department
Tel: 0131 221 2050 / 2100

Youth Action Team
Carolyn McGhee
Tel: 0131 529 5151
  I have just launched a new strategy in the Southside to counter graffiti-tagging, which has become prolific in some parts of this area. Graffiti-tagging typically consists of an abbreviated name or nick-name of a graffiti “crew” or individual, written or sprayed across a surface. It usually has little artistic merit, can be very unsightly and requires considerable time and money to remove.

With the help of my colleagues, I am collecting and matching photographs of all graffiti tags in this area, to enable the tags to be attributed to individual offenders. This means that when somebody is charged with one graffiti offence, they could additionally be charged with many other offences from the linked graffiti tags held in my digital ‘gallery’ of photographs.

If you see anybody engaged in grafitti-tagging, please telephone the Police immediately, providing a description of the offender(s). If you find any new graffiti on your property, please also report this to the Police and it will be investigated. If you can take a digital photograph of the graffiti prior to cleaning, and are able to email it to me, Lindsey Thomson, this would be most helpful. However, if you are unable to do so, a Police officer will attend to take a photograph.

PC 5801A Lindsey Thomson
Community Beat Officer
Beat SM46